Booksmart

“Amy” (Kaitlyn Dever) and “Molly” (Beanie Feldstein) are “like” total BFF’s, waiting to graduate from high school, before heading off to the choppier waters of college.

The girls share everything, with emphasis on “everything” from Amy’s crush on a girl at school, to Molly’s own crush on a boy, despite every fibre detesting his stereotypical Jock persona.

The girls trade compliments with each other, as you would hurl insults in any other context. Amy’s mother (Lisa Kudrow) and father (Will Forte) are left of liberal, caring for the kids and just watching in amazement at how youngsters these days behave. There are misunderstandings aplenty on both sides, one most amusingly with a Panda cuddly toy – don’t ask.

The girls are swots, they attend lessons, do the math, liaise with long suffering principal (Jason Sudeikis), get high marks and are accepted into the right colleges. They have sacrificed going to crazy parties for the greater good.

Unfortunately, once they realize those who indulged are attending similar high end educational establishments or starting on six figure salaries, there is some mild consternation, read freak out.

This leads to a desire to party like no other on the last day before graduation. This plan does not go according to whatever framework the girls initially devised. Devolving into the mistaken use of hallucinogenic drugs, plenty of alcohol, video porn in a ride share cab and some further “sexual awakenings”.

This all sounds very teen rude comedy and in some ways this remains true. However, the story is skewed to a female perspective with considerable care taken with the characters and their interactions. First time director Olivia Wilde (previously “Number 13” in “House”) has nailed the atmosphere and dialogue, although the tone of the film swings wildly on occasions.

The two leads show great chemistry bouncing off ideas, crazy notions and learning who to trust by experiencing the adult world that awaits them.

Is it ruder than it needs to be? That depends on your level of acceptance, the film certainly goes to a few places you would not want to watch with your maiden aunt. There are valid feminist points being made, which are occasionally lost in the various sex references and crazy party antics but the film’s heart is undoubtedly in the right place.

Overall, the film flirts with convention and then upends expectations at most points. The girls also can do a mean “robot dance” as evidenced in the opening scene, which is never a bad thing.

Summary

A bit rude, certainly foul mouthed but actually funny and ultimately rather sweet. An entertaining movie for the right audience, with some palpable chemistry from the two female leads.